Parachinaris await next broken promise

Enraged youth fed up with government apathy demand reopening of road.


Express May 10, 2011



Frustrated by lawmakers and politicians’ apathy and enraged by the negligence and indifference of the government and security apparatus, scores of youth and children from Parachinar held a protest march on Monday against the continuing siege of their town and killings of innocent commuters by militants.


Carrying coffins bearing the  names of people brutally killed by extremists on their shoulders, the protesters marched from National Press Club to parliament house where the lower house was in session. The most noticeable thing in the rally, held on the 19th consecutive day of their peaceful protest, was the sight of young children wearing white shrouds. According to a press release issued on Monday by the youth of Parachinar, all the protesters were demanding was for the government to clear and open the Thal-Parachinar Road, which has been blocked for the last four years, and the continuing blockage of the road has created a plethora of problems for the people of the area.

The protesters were chanting slogans against Interior Minister Rehman Malik, who had promised to re-open the blocked road by April 27, but after almost two weeks, the road remains blocked and not a single one of the promised security measures promised by Malik have been followed through.

Majlis Wahdat Muslimeen Deputy Secretary and a scholar Ameen Shaheedi addressed the protesters, saying, “An area where 500,000 people reside cannot be closed off for such a long time by any militant terrorist group. If supplies cannot reach there and the people cannot travel safely, the government has to take serious concern of the matter.” The Chairman of Youth of Parachinar Ali Shah Kazmi led the rally to Parliament House.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 10th, 2011.

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Abbas | 10 years ago | Reply if the govt can't provide life security to their citizen the must resign it.,,,,,,,
Ali jawad Turi | 10 years ago | Reply Dear brothers we are liveing from four years to out side from Parachinar, and Haqani Taliban with suport our national security Agancy ISI pakistan Blocked Tall Parachinar road and we also Pakistani people. Shime for mother fuker ISI pakistan and we are hate them, if ISI doing in FATA Parachinar, and in Balochistan people how they treet us if they treet in Kracho ,Lahor , then socalled media will expose but for us silant from four years on the order of ISPR, shime for all Pakistanis and shime for all securty forces. If pakistanis now also don't feel our pain, then we want for our sefty United nation forces. Think and please think all pakistanis about us sereicly Please.
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